Disasters & Accidents

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Efforts to rebuild parts of the McKenzie River Corridor burned by the 2020 wildfires just got a boost, to the tune of over a quarter-million dollars. But coordinators say reconstruction will take more money, time, and patience.

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One year ago, the Morris family experienced a total loss. Their three homes and their artesian water bottling facility in Blue River burned to the ground. Today, just after the first anniversary of the Holiday Farm fire—they have something to celebrate. 

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This year’s wildfire season for Oregon and Washington began early and will run long.  But so far, it’s not as bad as 2020’s.

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The Klamath Tribe in Oregon wants to create its own fire agency, following this year’s Bootleg Fire which burned much of their ancestral land. 

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Recent rains have helped crews tackling Oregon wildfires, including the Devils Knob Fire Complex in Douglas County.

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A man who fell into the ocean at Devils Churn on Thursday in Lincoln County has been presumed dead by the Oregon State Police.

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The rebuilding effort continues in Lincoln County one year after the Echo Mountain Complex Fire devastated the town of Otis.

  

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More than a hundred residents of Oregon’s McKenzie River Corridor retraced the 27-mile long path of last year’s Holiday Farm Fire last night.  The wildfire decimated much of the area, including the town of Blue River, when it erupted on Labor Day 2020.  And a year later, many residents are still recovering from the devastation.  

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Today marks one year since a series of devastating wildfires erupted across Oregon, including the Holiday Farm Fire.  The destruction of McKenzie River Corridor communities such as Blue River still resonates deeply with locals.

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Summer may be waning, but river boating and other recreational activities are still going strong. But officials want people to be careful, especially in areas affected by wildfires.

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The Labor Day weekend is typically summer’s last big “hurrah” for outdoor enthusiasts. But parks and forests agencies are urging people to take heed of the Pacific Northwest’s dry conditions, which are ripe for wildfires.

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When first reported in early August, the Knoll Fire brought an ominous sense of déjà vu to McKenzie River Residents.  But several factors kept the incident from becoming as destructive as last year’s Holiday Farm Fire.

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Officials say the Skyline Ridge Complex of fires in southern Douglas County is 100% contained. The complex of 19 lightning-caused fires started on August 1st and burned more than 57-hundred acres.

  

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The Bull Complex Fire east of Salem is still growing, but so far weather conditions mean the blaze isn’t threatening the Santiam Canyon communities that were devastated by wildfire a year ago.

  

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It’s been a busy season for firefighters, and that includes those affiliated with the nine federally-recognized tribes in Oregon. 

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  Ever wondered what would happen if a fire threatened a zoo? This became a potential reality for Wildlife Safari when a grass fire in Green, Ore. last month started a mile from their property line. 

  

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Three fire calls kept crews from the Douglas Forest Protective Association and local fire departments busy throughout the day Saturday.

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Authorities have released the name of a firefighter killed in the line of duty yesterday at the Middle Fork Complex.

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Near Oakridge, fire crews are mopping up one incident, and working to rein in a couple others, as a dozen-wildfire suppression operation called the Middle Fork Complex continues.

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Warming temperatures and increasing winds have caused the Bull Complex east of Salem to expand roughly 300 acres. 

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A firefighter was killed Monday while working on the Gales Fire within the Middle Fork Complex north of Oakridge.

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While crews are mopping up and increasingly containing the Knoll Fire just east of McKenzie Bridge, parts of the affected area will be closed for a year, perhaps longer. 

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The 2021 wildfire season slogs on, with roughly two dozen major fires burning across Oregon.  A McKenzie River Ranger District official says this year “started early and will end late”, with many fire crews experiencing “cumulative fatigue.”

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The Middle Fork Complex outside of Oakridge has grown to more than 12,600 acres.  Fire crews continue to gain ground, with the complex’s Kwis Fire more than half contained now.

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Eugene Springfield Fire crews, with assistance from the Oregon Department of Forestry, contained a fast-moving grass fire in West Eugene Sunday evening.


The fire was in the area of West 18th from Bertelsen to Willow Creek Rd. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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Fire managers with the Middle Fork Complex and Knoll Fire will hold a Virtual Community Briefing Monday at 6:30 p.m. The incident management team will provide a status update of the ongoing containment efforts for those fires burning on the Willamette National Forest.

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After days of triple-digit highs, slightly cooler temperatures are giving firefighters across the Pacific Northwest a reprieve.  But many challenges still face crews this weekend.

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Most of Oregon is under an air quality advisory between now through at least noon, Monday. 

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With roughly 20 wildfires burning across Oregon, many people are concerned about their effects on wildlife.

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Dozens of wildfires are actively burning across the Pacific Northwest, including Oregon. Crews are not only battling the fires, but scorching, triple-digit heat and smoke in many areas.

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